Tell Cuba to STOP violating families' freedom to homeschool
On February 21, Cuban pastor Ramón Rigal and his wife Adya were arrested by Cuban authorities. The crime? Homeschooling their children.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has set up this petition to call on the Cuban government, through its Embassy in Washington, D.C., to respect the right of all parents to homeschool their children. Please sign this petition telling the Cuban Embassy that homeschooling is fundamental right of all families, and that you expect Cuba to protect basic human rights as a country maintaining normal relations with the United States.
Ramon and his wife decided to homeschool because they wanted a better education for their children. “We wanted the freedom to give our children the education that we, the parents, have chosen,” Ramón explained. “As Article 26.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, every parent has the right to give his children the education that he chooses.”
“The authorities have threatened us with . . . prison and separating us from our children if we continue [homeschooling],” Ramón said.
“I visited authorities several times to find a peaceable solution to my problem,” he added. “I brought up the possibility of homeschooling under their supervision. I was told that if I did, my wife and I would be imprisoned and our children sent away.”
Ramón and Adya were formally arrested at 8:15 p.m. on February 21, charged with “acting contrary to the normal development of a minor,” and detained the entire day as well as the next day. Both parents are now required to check in with the police every week in person until their trial.
Ramón wants to be able to stay in Cuba to pastor his congregation, but it is no wonder that Ramón and his family have expressed a desire to seek refuge in a country that would respect their rights to educate their children.
The Rigals’ treatment in Cuba is a violation of human rights. We demand better from the Cuban government. Sign the petition telling the Cuban government to respect the rights of parents to homeschool their children.
To learn more about this developing situation and to discover how HSLDA is helping the Rigal family, click here.
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Petition to: Cuban Embassy in Washington - D.C.